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It's a Wonderful Life. Every time a bell rings, an angel goes to the Fox Theatre to see this holiday classic. What more is there to say? Other than, what kind of WASP would you be if you didn't watch this every Christmas? Of course I cried the first time I saw this. And I'll probably cry again seeing it this year. So if you see someone in the theater crying, come say hi to me! Oh wait, that'll be everyone in the audience. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. $7

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The Polar Express. If simply watching a Christmas movie isn't enough for you, then check out this screening which doubles as a pajama party! Kids can take photos with the conductor of the Polar Express and with Christmas elves. Ben's Bells is teaming up with the theater, and all kids in attendance will receive a magical bell. The kids activities start an hour beforehand, at 5:30. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. $7.

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The Loft Cinema

Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-Along. Relive your hippie-dippie days by singing yourself into a spiritual trance. That might seem embarrassing, but if everyone else is doing it, you're all good. And what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to meet the man himself? That's right: straight from the manger to the Loft. The man who played Jesus Christ, star Ted Neeley, will be there in-person! 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. $15.

Star Wars Holiday Special. Are you a masochist? Great! Well, maybe not necessarily great. But great for this situation. Because you're in for one of the most grating pieces of "cinema" ever conceived. Do you like Star Wars or Christmas? Well prepare to have both of those ruined. This goes beyond the so-bad-it's-good level to just outright abysmal. So bad it's almost an urban legend. So bad that George Lucas himself said "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it." Luckily for you, it's free. 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. Free.

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Fanny and Alexander. What says holiday cheer better than Scandinavian art-house cinema? Ingmar Bergman isn't known for making the most accessible films, but this one has just a bit heart-warming childhood wonderment. Plus, it's a Christmas movie! (Of sorts.) While it may not make you believe in Santa, it also won't leave you questioning your own existence like some other Bergman films I could mention. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Free.

The Loft Cinema is located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

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